Just when you would like to hope and think it is gone forever and never coming back, lupus brain fog and crossed wires show up again, unexpectedly. It is not that the head is not on straight, it is just that sometimes, just for a moment, it is unclear what week or day you are in, or what subject you just wrote an email about. Recently, several similar projects overlapped in the same time and space, and it was a sure prescription for a mental mishap! While finishing up interviews for one vacant job, new applications just started coming in for another.
Here is where the confusion starts. Keeping the two recruitments straight was a mental quagmire. The call was placed just a little too early on a Monday morning for the normal state of my “lupus brain,” and a group of questions were asked and answered as I spoke with an applicant’s work reference. All throughout the call, it seemed odd how much all the answers were describing skills and abilities that fit the other open job, perfectly!
After filling out the title of the position on the required form for Human Resources and filling in answers in the comment areas, I signed it. It was then I realized things had gotten a little murky.
Walking over to my assistant’s desk, I began explaining how unusual it was that the applicant seemed to fit the other position, but not the one she had applied for. My assistant looked up at me with a very quizzical look, explaining that the answers fit the position that applicant was seeking!
The sudden realization hung heavily in the awkward moment, as humility stepped forward, compelled to admit to a mental crossed wire. Reclaiming the form, and returning to my office to redo it, the correct job title and all the answers were copied into a new version. Now, the applicant seemed to fit the job perfectly, and even qualified for a second interview.
It is amazing what a little central nervous system lupus can do when you least expect it! It might even inadvertently alter the course of someone’s career, if not kept in check by a good assistant, not afraid to say, “what are you thinking?” when it is needed most! A good assistant is hard to come by, and no, you cannot have mine!